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Flesh and Spirit.-Gal. v. 17.
THE new man and the old
By no means can agree;
The one in sin is bold,

From sin the other's free:
The principles of grace and sin

A constant warfare must maintain. 2 One loves to watch and pray,

And walk in Jesus' path;
The other hates the way,

And loves the road to death;
Christ is the new man's boast and joy;

Flesh doth the old man satisfy.] 3 Christ, and him crucified,

The new man loves to view;
Lust, vanity, and pride,

The old man will pursue;
One pants with God to live and reign,

The other hates his sovereign name. 4 The principle of grace

On Jesus puts the crown;
But sin, with shameless face,

Would pull his glory down:
Jesus shall reign, the new man cries;

His right to reign the flesh denies. 5 Well, let old nature toil;

The warfare can't be long;
And Christians, with a smile,
Shall sing the conqueror's song;

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Through Christ we shall victorious prove, And live and reign with him above.

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618. “ I will lead them in paths that they have not known.”—Isa. xlii. 16.

The path that Christians tread
To reason's eye is strange;
Through regions of the dead,

They frequently must range;
Ten thousand monstrous beasts of prey

Beset the soul by night and day. 2 We must not learn God's truth

As school-boys learn their task;
Such knowledge is not proof

Against delusion's blast:
An empty knowledge bloats with air,

But dies when dreadful storms appear. 3 Christians oft pray for faith;

To trace God's beauties more;
To triumph over death;

And Jesus' name adore:
God hears and answers their desire;

But 'tis through scenes of floods and fire. 4 [Sin, arm’d with all the spleen

Of enmity to God,
Oft rises up within,

And scorns the Saviour's blood:
A world of filth, too base to name,

Beset and plunge the soul in shame. 5 To pray, he thinks too bold, While he in silence mourns;

His bones keep waxing old,

By reason of his groans; And by such means, though strange to tell,

The Lord will teach him Jesus well.] 6 When self and nature die,

And all our beauty's gone,
The Saviour brings us nigh,

To trust in him alone;
'Tis then we trust his righteousness,

And rest alone on sovereign grace. 7 Thus Jesus wears the crown:

We giadly trace the power,
That brings all nature down,

And leads us to adore
Jesus, the Lord our righteousness,
Who saves in every deep distress.

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619. “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”—Ps. xv. 19.

CREATURES are but vain at best;
In them is no solid rest:
All the world calls good or great

Cannot perfect bliss create.
2 Souls renew'd by grace divine,

Carnal pleasures will resign;
Holiness, without a stain,

They are thirsting to obtain. 3 Satisfied! not they indeed,

Till, with Christ their living Head,
They in heavenly bliss appear,
And his likeness fally bear.

L. M.

4 [Heart and flesh may fail, 'tis true;

Sin and Satan plague them too!
Hell and earth their powers unite,

Christ to banish from their sight. 5 For a season, they may be

Left at an uncertainty,
Overwhelm'd with fear and doubt,

Scarcely know what they're about. 6 Yet they feel a panting mind

For a God supremely kind;
Satisfied they cannot be,
But as they his beauty see.]
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“The beart is deceitful above all things."—Jer. xvii. 8.
Sin has a thousand pleasing charms,
Which flatter to preserve from harms;
She richly gilds her pleasing baits,

And calls her trash delicious sweets. 2 Young men and maidens, rich and poor,

Are pleased with her deceptive ore: There's scarce an eye that views the light,

But she can charm by day or night. 3 Nor are the vessels of the Lord

Free from the chirpings of this bird:
Her craft and spleen she'll make them feel,

And make them like a drunkard reel. 4 Her nature's serpentine indeed;

Her strength could make a Sampson yield;
Nor David could against her stand,
When David's God withheld his hand.

L. M.

5 Good God! what can a mortal do,

With such a cursed, artful foe?
Let grace divine my soul defend,

Nor let me to this monster bend.
6 [Work in me, Lord, to will and do,

My way to Zion to pursue;
And while I tread the thorny road,
Teach me to lean upon my God.]

621. « The carnal mind is enmity against God."-Rom. viii. 7. The carnal mind takes different ways, And different objects she surveys; She's pleased with things that suit her taste,

But hates the God of truth and grace. 2 No beauty in the Lord she views,

Nor is she charm’d with gospel-news;
She sets at nought, with vain contempt,

The Man the Lord Jehovah sent.
3 She hates him as the mighty God,

The church's Wisdom, Life, and Head;
His priestly office she disdains,

And wantons with his wounds and pains. 4 Whatever office Jesus bears,

Or in what glorious form appears,
She was, and is, and still will be,

Against him dreadful enmity.
5 [Is this the case? yes, Lord, 'tis true;

And I've a carnal nature too,
That fights, with all its hellish might,
Against the God of my delight.

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